Coquard tops Demare in Picardie opener

Europcar rider takes first yellow jersey

Stage one of the Tour de Picardie was a dual between two 22-year-old French sprinters with Bryan Coquard (Europcar) edging and Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) on the line after 191km of racing.

"It was my first race after La Flèche Wallonne and I did not feel the tip-top," Coquard told L'Equipe. "When Arnaud launched the sprint, I was a little bit behind but I sprinted like a track rider and got back to him.

"This is a victory that means a lot because it is a sign of nice things and shows that I gradually approach the world's best sprinters.

"Démare lost a battle but not the war because he took bonuses in the final intermediate sprint. We will try to keep the jersey, but my Tour de Picardie is already successful. The rest will be a bonus."

It was a warm start at Fort-Mahon-Plage and with an average speed of 48.7 km/h for the first hour, the racing was hot. After 49km, the day’s break was formed with Tim Declercq (Topsport), Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Nikolas Maes (Omega-Pharma Quick Step) and Frenchman Christophe Laporte (Cofidis).

Gilbert showed he meant business as he crossed the Condé-Folie climb in first place to take enough points to pull on the polka-dot best climber's jersey at the end of today's stage.

Back in the peloton, FDJ.fr controlled the chase which had a lead of around 2:00 minutes. With 30km left to race, the break was reeled in.
Démare won an intermediate sprint for three precious bonus seconds although Coquard refrained from sprinting. With 7km to go, seven riders hit the deck including Philippe Gilbert, who emerged unscathed, and a mass sprint loomed in Estrées-Saint-Denis.

In the finale, Coquard managed to overtake the 2011 U23 world champion in the last 100 metres to beat him by a wheel. It was Coquard's second stage win at the Tour de Picardie, after the won he took in Bailleul-sur-Thérain last year.

Coquard also leads the race overall with stage two, a 176km jaunt from Mouy - Beaurieux to Chemin des Dames.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar4:17:27 
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr  
3Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
4Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
5Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
6Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
7Frederique Robert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
8Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
9Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
10Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
11Kristan Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
12Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
13Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
14Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
15Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
16Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
17Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
18Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
19Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
20Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
21Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
22Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
23Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
24Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr  
25Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
26Louis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
27Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
28Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
29Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
30Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
31Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
32Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
33Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
34Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
36Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
37Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
38Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr  
39Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
40Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
41Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
42Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
43Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
44Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
45Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Clément Saint-Martin (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
47Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
48David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr  
49Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
50Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
51Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
52Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
53Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
54Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
55Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:21 
56Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar0:01:17 
57Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:01:25 
58Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
59Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:45 
60Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:02:24 
61Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:41 
62Steven Tronet (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 930:03:02 
63Frederic Brun (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
64Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
65Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
66Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
67Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Shimano  
68Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
69Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
70Justin Jules (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
71Romain Pillon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
72Erwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
73Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
74Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
75Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
76Yannis Yssaad (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
77Timothy Dupont (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
78Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
79Alo Jakin (Est) Bigmat-Auber 93  
80Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
81Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
82Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
83Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
84Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
85Loïc Pestiaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
86Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
87Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
88Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
89Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
90Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
91Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team  
92Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
93Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
94Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
95Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
96Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
97Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
98William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr  
99Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
100Théo Vimpere (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
101Thomas Rostollan (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
102Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
103Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
104Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Team Giant-Shimano  
105Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
106Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:15 
107Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 130:05:41 
108Brian Bulgac (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:05:43 
109Maxime Renault (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 930:06:29 
110Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
111Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
112Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar  
113Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
114Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  
115Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN - Qhubeka  
116Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
117Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
118Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka  
119Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:12:22 
120Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.fr  
121Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr  
DNFJosé Goncalves (Por) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
Sprint 1 - Quinquempoix
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team3 pts
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team2 
3Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1 
Sprint 2 - Estrées-Saint-Denis, lap 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr3 pts
2Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise2 
3Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team1 
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar15 pts
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr12 
3Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano9 
4Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team7 
5Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise6 
6Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert5 
7Frederique Robert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert4 
8Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team3 
9Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement2 
10Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole1 
Mountain 1 - Côte de Condé-Folie
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team4 pts
2Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2 
3Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1 
Most aggressive rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wanty - Groupe Gobert12:52:21 
2Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
3Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
4Team Giant-Shimano  
5FDJ.fr  
6AG2R La Mondiale  
7Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
8Team Europcar  
9BMC Racing Team  
10Astana Pro Team  
11Roubaix Lille Metropole0:03:02 
12Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
13Wallonie - Bruxelles  
14BigMat - Auber 930:06:04 
15MTN - Qhubeka  
16La Pomme Marseille  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar4:17:17 
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:01 
3Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:06 
4Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:07 
5Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:08 
6Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:09 
7Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:10 
8Frederique Robert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
9Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
10Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
11Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
12Kristan Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka  
13Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
14Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
15Björn Leukemans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
16Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
18Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
19Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
21Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
23Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
24Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
25Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr  
26Louis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
27Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
28Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
29Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
30Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
31Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
32Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
33Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
34Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
36Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
37Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
38Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.fr  
39Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
40Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
41Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
42Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
43Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Clément Saint-Martin (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
45Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.fr  
47Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
48Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
49Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
50Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
51Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
52Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:30 
53Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
54Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:31 
55Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:38 
56Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar0:01:27 
57Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:01:35 
58Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
59Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:55 
60Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:02:34 
61Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:51 
62Steven Tronet (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 930:03:12 
63Frederic Brun (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
64Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
65Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
66Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
67Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Shimano  
68Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
69Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
70Justin Jules (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
71Romain Pillon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
72Erwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
73Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
74Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
75Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
76Yannis Yssaad (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
77Timothy Dupont (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
78Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
79Alo Jakin (Est) Bigmat-Auber 93  
80Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
81Florent Mottet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
82Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
83Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
84Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
85Loïc Pestiaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
86Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
87Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
88Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
89Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
90Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
91Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team  
92Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
93Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
94Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
95Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
96Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
97Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
98William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr  
99Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
100Théo Vimpere (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
101Thomas Rostollan (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
102Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka  
103Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Team La Pomme-Marseille 13  
104Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Team Giant-Shimano  
105Sebastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
106Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:25 
107Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme-Marseille 130:05:51 
108Brian Bulgac (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:05:53 
109Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:38 
110Maxime Renault (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 930:06:39 
111Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
112Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
113Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar  
114Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
115Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  
116Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) MTN - Qhubeka  
117Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
118Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka  
119Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:12:32 
120Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.fr  
121Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar15 pts
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr15 
3Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano9 
4Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise8 
5Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team8 
6Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Wanty - Groupe Gobert5 
7Frederique Robert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert4 
8Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team3 
9Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team3 
10Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement2 
11Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole1 
12Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1 
13Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team-3 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team4 pts
2Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team2 
3Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wanty - Groupe Gobert12:52:21 
2Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team  
3Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
4Team Giant-Shimano  
5FDJ.fr  
6AG2R La Mondiale  
7Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
8Team Europcar  
9BMC Racing Team  
10Astana Pro Team  
11Roubaix Lille Metropole0:03:02 
12Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
13Wallonie - Bruxelles  
14BigMat - Auber 930:06:04 
15MTN - Qhubeka  
16La Pomme Marseille  

 

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